Lady Frogs Hold Off BYU Comeback to Win 79-74
Nov. 29, 2003
The No. 23/22 TCU Lady Frogs held off a late comeback from the BYU Cougars Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, to win 79-74. TCU moved to 3-0 with the win, while BYU fell to 2-2. The win snapped the Cougars' three-game winning streak over TCU. The 3-0 start ties Head Coach Jeff Mittie's best start with the Lady Frogs, as he did the same in the 2001-02 season. TCU will host Texas-Arlington Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. for a chance to go to 4-0.
The Lady Frogs were off to the races in the first half, scoring early and often. They snagged a 15-9 advantage with 15:40 to play when senior Tiffany Evans found classmate Amy Pack wide open under the basket for an uncontested layup. The lead grew to 10, 21-11, a minute and a half later when freshman Natasha Lacy fired a pass to junior Sandora Irvin for an easy lay-in on the break. BYU, though, continued to stay in the ballgame by knocking down free throws.
TCU managed to thwart off the Cougars' comeback attempts by canning big three-pointers. The Purple and White hit three in a row after it hit 21 points, the first of which came from senior Kim Ortega when she bailed out her team with only four seconds remaining on the shot clock. Shaw drained the next one followed by redshirt freshman Ashley Davis two minutes later. The Lady Frogs' lead became 13 after Pack buried a pair of charity tosses to set the score at 35-22.
The Cougars remained patient and crept back into the contest, thanks in large part to TCU's 15 first-half fouls. BYU did not miss on the shots, making 17-of-22 from the line. The Lady Frogs were accurate from the charity stripe as well, hitting 11-of-13 in the first stanza. Pack got a wide open layup with one second to go after senior Tracy Wynn drew a double team and lobbed the ball in underneath to pencil in a 44-34 halftime score.
The Lady Frogs' foul woes continued in the second half, as they tallied five more in the first four minutes. TCU still managed to keep the advantage by pounding the ball inside, with much of the work being done by Irvin, who scored eight points in the first six minutes after a quiet first half. The Lady Frogs' lead swelled to 15, 62-47, when Pack rained home a trey.
BYU climbed within five, 64-59, when Julie Sullivan recorded a layup to cap a 12-2 run. Evans ended a four-plus minute scoring drought with a layup after taking the entry pass from Lacy. It was only a two-point lead, 71-69, for TCU after Jennie Overdiek hit the front end of a one-and-one with 2:13 to play. After Overdiek missed and Wynn grabbed the rebound, a quick foul let one of TCU's best free throw shooters get two easy points.
The Cougars had a chance to tie the game up at 75 apiece with 30 second to go, but Sullivan missed the second of two free throws. BYU was forced to foul Shaw, who went on to make both free throws for a three-point lead, 77-74. After the Cougars failed to tie the game up on the ensuing possession, Pack hit two more free throws to put the game in the books, 79-74.
Pack finished as the Lady Frogs' leading scorer for the second-straight game with 18 points. She was coming off a 19-point effort against SMU Monday. Irvin netted 16 and pulled down seven rebounds. She also had four steals, as did Lacy. Shaw was TCU's other double-digit scorer with 10 points.
With seven rebounds, Irvin moved ahead of Amy Bumstead on TCU's career rebounds list. She is second with 648 and needs 131 to eclipse Janice Dziuk for the school record.
Two Cougars tallied at least 20 points on the afternoon. Ambrosia Anderson came off the bench to score 21 and also added 11 rebounds. Danielle Cheesman finished with 20 points and seven boards.
For the game, BYU hit 31-of-38 free throws, compared to TCU's 19-for-26 effort. The Lady Frogs shot a hair under 50 percent at 49.1 (27-55), while the Cougars were a mere 37.7 percent (20-53) from the floor.